Fleas

What are fleas?

Fleas, despite only being the size of a fleck of dirt, are aggravating pests for dogs, cats, and wild animals. However, if given the opportunity, these ectoparasites will also bite and feed on the blood of people. The most common type of flea encountered by both people and animals is the cat flea. Their hard bodies are dark reddish-brown in color, and they are wingless. Their bodies are flattened from side to side so they can easily move through the hair of their host. Fleas have large and powerful hind legs give them the ability to leap vertically seven inches, and horizontally thirteen inches.

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Are fleas dangerous?

Fleas are considered to be more than just an annoyance. They pose significant dangers to both animals and people. Adult fleas can cause medical problems, including flea allergy dermatitis, the transmission of tapeworms, and skin irritations. The scratching from the irritation may develop into a secondary infection requiring medical attention. Additionally, pets that host a large infestation may develop anemia, which is potentially life-threatening.

Why do I have a flea problem?

Fleas are most commonly introduced into homes on the backs of pets, or on the clothing of people that have come into contact with them after spending time outside. Fleas are often initially introduced onto a property by wildlife passing through. Fleas find their way inside homes on rodents or other wildlife that are nesting in attics, basements, crawlspaces, or in wall voids. They also get inside on used upholstered furniture, or in a rug that is infested with their eggs or larvae. If the previous owners of your home or apartment owned pets that had flea problems, their eggs may be lying dormant. When the right environmental factors are reached these eggs will hatch, and a "surprise" flea infestation will occur, even if you currently don’t own any pets.

Where will I find fleas?

Fleas are mainly found living outside, but do also thrive indoors in temperature-controlled environments. Outside, fleas live in shady, sandy, moist areas. High grasses, under organic debris, or the dirt underneath shrubs, bushes, or decks are common hiding and resting spots for fleas. Inside, fleas are found living on pets and in the areas of a homes where they spend most of their time and where they sleep. Fleas and their eggs also commonly take up residence in the cracks of floors, in upholstered furniture, and in rugs. Boarding kennels, veterinarian offices, and campgrounds are also places where fleas commonly thrive and where you or your pet can come into contact with them.

How do I get rid of fleas?

To eliminate fleas from your home and property and prevent a re-infestation, partner with an experienced professional. At Holifield Pest Management, our certified and licensed professionals can provide the comprehensive services needed to find and eliminate all the fleas living in your home or commercial building and prevent their return. For all of your residential or commercial pest control needs, call the full-service pest control experts at Holifield Pest Management. We serve Laurel and Hattiesburg, Mississippi, and surrounding areas. To learn more about our flea control services, or to receive a free estimate, reach out to us!

How can I prevent fleas in the future?

Listed below are some preventative steps you can take to help keep fleas from taking over your Forrest and Jones County, Mississippi home or commercial property:

  • Regularly wash pet bedding on high heat settings.

  • Remove bird feeders that can attract flea-infested wild animals to your property.

  • Do not purchase used furniture or rugs for use within your home.

  • Keep your lawn cut short.

  • Regularly groom dogs and cats.

  • Routinely vacuum areas where your pets spend most of their time.

  • Place your dogs and cats on a year-round flea and tick control program under the guidance of their veterinarian.

 

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